Affective Design Course

A true gentlemen is one who is never unintentionally rude. Oscar Wilde

Emotions are important for cognitive processes, decision-making, guiding actions and controlling resources. They play an important role in human-machine interaction since people tend to tread technology as social actors. It is impossible to not communicate emotions, since absence of affect in communication may be perceived as not caring. It is therefore necessary to carefully design the affective communication between humans and artifacts.The interaction cycle consists of first sensing the environment including the affective state of the user. Next, the artifact needs to reason about its own affective state before it can express it and adjust its behavior accordingly. Evaluating the artifact’s affective system is crucial to guarantee successful communication.




You can now also download the following movies for the class:

  • Obedience, by Stanley Milgram
  • AI (section), by Steven Spielberg
  • The century of the self (Part 1), by BBC4


Cats and Dogs

Cats and Dogs
by Bartneck, Berg, Compen, Wessel, Groenendaal

An Image Divine

An Image Divine
by Gelder


The reader for this module is now available. Please download it: Affective Design Reader

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  • Bondarev, A. (2002). Design of an emotion management system for a home robot. Unpublished Master, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven.
  • Damasio, A. R. (2000). Descartes’ error : Emotion, reason, and the human brain. New York: Quill.
  • Desmet, P. (2002). Designing emotions. Unpublished Ph.D. Thesis, TU Delft, Delft.
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  • Elliott, C. D. (1992). The affective reasoner: A process model of emotions in a multi-agent system. Unpublished Ph.D. thesis, The Institute for the Learning Sciences, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.
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  • Ortony, A. (2003). On making believable emotional agents believable. In R. P. Trapple, P. (Ed.), Emotions in humans and artefacts. Cambridge: MIT Press.
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  • Picard, R. W. (1997). Affective computing. Cambridge: MIT Press.
  • Rizzo, P. (1999, 1999). Emotional agents for user entertainment: Discussing the underlying assumptions. Paper presented at the International Workshop on Affect in Interactions held in conjuction with the AC’99, Annual Conference of the EC I3 Programme, Siena.
  • Schiano, D. J. (2004). Categorical imperative not: Facial affect is perceived continously. Paper presented at the CHI2004, Vienna.
  • Schwartz, M. S., & Andrasik, F. (2003). Biofeedback, third edition: A practitioner’s guide New York: The Guilford Press.
  • Trappl, R., Petta, P., & Payr, S. (2003). Emotions in humans and artifacts. Cambridge: MIT Press.
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